Spring has finally arrived and so has National Poetry Month! On April 23rd, we’re celebrating our love for poetry with four phenomenal poets and their smart, spirited, and stunning work. Come raise a glass to the bards and their verse! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.
Cathy de la Cruz is an artist who uses the mediums of film, writing and comedy to create her work. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, she has an MFA in Visual Arts from UC-San Diego and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. In 2016, she released her first chapbook of poems called Libido on Spooky Girlfriend Press. Writer Eileen Myles called the collection, “funny & brave & hot & very smart.” Bustle.com said of the collection: “Cathy de la Cruz writes with an almost brutal clarity about the (all too relatable) subjects of feeling lonely and horny and anxious, often all at the same time.” Cathy just completed a west coast tour as part of the feminist traveling road show, Sister Spit. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a recipient of scholarships from The Frost Place and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Ploughshares, Sou’wester, Southern Humanities Review, Tinderbox, and Hunger Mountain. He lives in Brooklyn.
Jason Schneiderman is the author of three books of poems: Primary Source (Red Hen Press 2016); Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010); and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books 2004). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2016). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. He is Poetry Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Associate Editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. An Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, he lives in Brooklyn with his husband Michael Broder.
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (ELJ Publications, 2016), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016) and the editor of “A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault” (CCM, 2017). Joanna received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, a managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM, as well as an instructor at Brooklyn Poets. Some of Joanna’s writing has appeared in Prelude, Apogee, Spork, The Feminist Wire, BUST, and elsewhere.